VICE TV Announces Dark Side of the Ring Spinoffs for Football and ’90s Culture
VICE TV officially announced today two new docuseries spinoffs of the smash-hit Dark Side of the Ring series. The new spinoffs will be docuseries themed around different subjects, this time football and the 1990s. The shows will be titled Dark Side of the Football and Dark Side of the ’90s respectively.
The new spinoffs are currently in production and slated to debut later next year. As noted, Dark Side of the Ring was also renewed for a third season, which is currently in the works, which is expected for a 2021 launch. Here’s the full press release on the new spinoffs:
VICE TV’S “DARK SIDE” FRANCHISE EXPANDS WITH TWO NEW DOCUSERIES FOCUSING ON FOOTBALL AND ’90s CULTURE
“Dark Side of the Football” and “Dark Side of the ’90s” are in production and will debut on VICE TV in 2021
DECEMBER 8, 2020 – BROOKLYN, NY – VICE TV announces it is expanding its record-breaking docuseries Dark Side of the Ring into a franchise with two new series: Dark Side of the Football and Dark Side of the ’90s. Building on the meteoric success of Dark Side of the Ring, VICE TV’s highest-rated show, which was recently renewed for a third season, the two new Dark Side spinoffs are currently in production and will debut in 2021.
“We are thrilled to expand the Dark Side franchise and take a harder look at the untold stories of two our our favorite cultural touchstones: football and ’90s nostalgia. Both topics are rich with controversial characters, subjects, and events that are ripe for investigation,” said Morgan Hertzan, Executive Vice President and General Manager, VICE Television. “Dark Side of the Ring beautifully lifts the veil on the most gripping stories in wrestling, and I cannot wait for audiences to see what we uncover in our next iterations.”
Dark Side of the Football shines a light on stories that live in the shadows of America’s favorite sport. Gripping and compelling tales about the sometimes flawed men behind the face masks; the coaches, teams, and leagues who control their fates; and the untold story behind bizarre and tragic off-the-field events — facts that have been hidden to shield fans from discovering unsettling truths about the game they love. All told from interviews with the people who were there and know what really happened. The series is produced by 44 Blue Productions for VICE TV.
Dark Side of the ’90s will reveal the soul of the decade through its most captivating pop-culture moments, trends and personalities, through interviews with people who studied the time period. Each episode will dissect the nostalgia, uncovering the surprising dark truths underlying the glitz, the glamour and the headlines. The series is produced by Railsplitter Pictures and Insight Productions for VICE TV.
Earlier this year Dark Side of the Ring became the highest-rated show on VICE TV. Since VICE TV launched the show in April 2019, the series has entertained wrestling fans and newcomers to the sport with the biggest stories from the last 40 years, giving viewers unprecedented access to wrestling insiders and revealing the brutal truths and often tragic consequences of lives in the squared circle. Viewership has grown consistently throughout its first two seasons. Season 2 crushed all previous L3 viewership records for VICE TV, finishing with a growth of 73% among P18-49 viewers and 52% among P2+ viewers vs. the breakout first season. Across the series, Dark Side of the Ring is now VICE TV’s highest-performing series overall, beating out the prior best overall series by +77% with P18-49 viewers and 108% with P2+ viewers.